The Zurich Classic is just one day away, meaning today is your last chance to sit down, scout the field, and see if there are any under-the-radar teams who could make you money this weekend. To save you some time and head-scratching, I’ve tried to do the hard work for you!
We cashed last weekend with +6000 longshot Matt Kuchar sneaking into the top-5 with his final putt of the day. We’ll be hoping for similar success this weekend. Here are the five teams in the deep-value range that bring some relative upside.
Joseph Bramlett/ Maverick McNealy
McNealy is rapidly becoming a DFS darling and he’s teaming up with someone who will further complement his game. This is a course that allows for balanced golfers to succeed provided that they can get up and down with relative ease, and have a strong particular skillset. This duo actually rank 4th off the tee and 22nd in tee-to-green, so it’s not like there’s a huge drop off from their tee-shots.
McNealy ranks 7th in Eagles per round, 13th in putting from 14-20 ft, and 20th in birdie or better percentage. There’s definitely value to be had here.
Tyler Duncan/ Adam Schenk
Tyler Duncan was one of our longshots last week and he performed admirably, finishing in T-12.. He’s now teaming up with a player who’s been slumping pretty hard in Adam Schenk, but one who when he gets going with the putter, can be a force to be reckoned with.
With this pairing, you’re betting more on Duncan being able to put Schenk in a position off the tee to capitalize on short putts, where he actually ranks pretty highly. Betting on a win isn’t favorable, but at nearly 10/1 for a top-10, it’s worth a punt.
Denny McCarthy/ Ben Kholes
This is a play based more on historical form here. McCarthy has a 39th and 25th place finish to his name, and recently came 18th at the Valeor Texas Open. Kholes struggles off the tee but is otherwise a pretty neutral player. If McCarthy can make up for that weakness with the driver, they could sneak into the top-10 with some consistency around the greens.
Paul Barjon/ Tom Hoge
Hoge has gained strokes across the majority of areas over the last 48 rounds and actually ranks 14th in tee-to-green. Barjon has been a pretty neutral player whose main strength is off the tee. This, coincided with Hoge’s identical strength, should give them a chance to come swooping in for some Eagle and birdie chances on par-5’s.
Brian Stuard/ Russell Knox
Stuard has three top-30 finishes here in the last four years and was red-hot before a pair of recent missed cuts. What better way to rekindle that fire than to team up with a golfer who ranks 12th in tee-to-green, 9th on approach, and has a top-10 and a top-25 finish in two of his last three entries here?
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